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Abu Garcia Black Low Profile Baitcasting Fishing Reel
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|Hand Orientation||Left Hand|
|Handle material||Stainless Steel|
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- Lightweight design with one piece graphite frame and side plates
- 4 stainless steel ball bearings
- Clear tip design for strength and sensitivity
- MagTrax brake system boosts range and accuracy of casts
- Compact bent handle and recessed reel provide an ergonomic grip
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|Mono Capacity YD/LB||145/12||145/10; 120/12; 105/14||250/14||175/10l; 145/12; 100/15||175/10; 145/12; 100/15||225/10; 180/12; 130/15|
|Braid Capacity YD/LB||140/30||155/20; 115/30; 80/50||285/30||190/20; 140/30; 100/50||190/20; 140/30; 100/50||235/20; 180/30; 125/50|
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If you're a beginner, trust me, the Black Max should be your first baitcaster. It's smooth, casts far, and has plenty of drag. Sure, it takes some practice to learn how to use a baitcaster. I used cheap mono for a while until I got comfortable with it. But after a few fishing trips, I made the switch to braid, and haven't looked back! Yes, you will get a few backlashes in the beginning. It's not as big a deal as you might think. Just start with a tight tension knob, and then loosen it up over time. You'll pick it up pretty quick.
I now have two of these reels. They are on $40 Berkley rods, and guess what? I catch fish! And I mean, a lot of fish! Big fish, little fish, in between fish... they don't seem to mind that I'm using cheap equipment. My PB is currently 6 lbs, 2 oz, using my trusty Black Max.
In all seriousness, if you're a pro, go ahead and spend the bucks on high dollar stuff. Or if you fish several times a week, I can see investing more. But for the weekend angler, this reel is perfect!
P.S. if you are right handed, and you've spent your whole life turning the reel on spinning gear with your left hand... buy left handed baitcasters! You'll thank me later.
Update: 4 months later, I now have 3 of these, they’re still awesome!
2nd update: It’s been 8 months since my last update to this review. I’ve been using my 3 Black Max reels for everything... Texas rig, jigs, lipless cranks, spinnerbaits, chatterbaits... you name it. All 3 reels are just as smooth and strong as the day I took them out of the box. I’ve performed minimal maintenance, and I’m fairly tough on them. But they are rock solid! If you’re on the fence about this one, don’t be! Just buy one and try it out. But beware, they’re so good, you might end up buying several more!
Last update: I thought I would provide one more update... 2 years later! My Black Max reels are still amazing! I haven’t cleaned them, lubed them, or ever taken them apart to work on them. They are still smooth, strong, and work great. Still hands down, the absolute best beginner reel on the market. And experienced guys will love them too!
To be honest, I was a little disappointed at first. Not knowing how to adjust the brakes and tension on the reel. I either couldn't cast far, or I would birdnest like a son-of-a-gun. I thought maybe it might have something to do with it being the first time I had used braid, too.
Nope! After watching a couple of youtube videos about setting the reel, (and a couple about Russians wrecking in the snow), I went out in the yard and tried again. Night and day difference, Long(-ish) casts and no birdnests. As I got more confident in the settings, the length of my casts increased. Now we're cooking with GAS!
I still have an old 5500C at the house somewhere, but those old reels just can't keep up with the modern technology. I'm glad I stepped up.
***As always, I have neither asked for, nor received, any compensation for my review. This is my own, un-biased opinion. (And lots of it!)***
Purchased this for my first cast rod and have been using it for about a year. I was happy with the black max and wanted to build a second casting rod. I impulse bought a silver max combo rod for $60 to repurpose the reel on a separate rod. I finally got around to using the silver max, it was NIGHT AND DAY. There is a huge difference in the brakes. The silver max is MUCH more forgiving on tuning the brakes and on your casting style. I am constantly tweaking the brakes on the black max and consciously trying to avoid backlash. With the silver max it's effortless and forgiving, I can switch lures and can get away without messing with the brakes. Maybe the tuning of the engagements on the brakes is better on the silver but whatever the reason is the difference is obvious. The silver max rod was actually much better than I was expecting as well, the combo is now my favorite stick in the bunch.
I highly recommend saving the extra $. If you try them side by side, you'll be stunned by the difference. Otherwise, I've got a black max I'm looking to sell.
Price and quality are both very good. The reel is super smooth and has lots of fine adjustment for drag. Outfitted with 8lbs mono line, it can hold a ton of it. The low profile makes it very user friendly and small enough to fit in my kids hands with ease.
My boat is outfitted with the Scotty spinning/baitcaster rod holders. I had to modify them in order to fit the reel.
Great value for the price.
I matched the reels with a pair of Daiwa SPINMATIC 7'6" Ultra Lite Kokanee rods.